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Bilateral Labor Agreements (BLAs)
Research guide for locating Bilateral Labor Agreements. A BLA is any treaty that regulates the flow of workers between two countries, including amendments and additional protocols to previously signed agreements.
This LibGuide provides research strategies, and links to sources for the full texts of, as well as indexes to, bilateral labor agreements (BLAs). For the purposes of this research project, a BLA is "any treaty that regulates the flow of workers between two countries, including amendments and additional protocols to previously signed agreements."
BLAs can be located by searching sources of bilateral treaties or international agreements, including specialized labor/migration treaty sources. A treaty instrument or international agreement can be called a pact, accord, memorandum of understanding (MoU), memorandum of agreement (MoA), declaration, or an exchange of notes and letters. BLAs can be published in print treaty series, official gazettes, treaty databases, websites, treaty compilations including topical/subject compilations. And they can be published in articles, books, papers, a variety of sources.
BLAs can cover topics such as the below.
ID14 (1951): employment of Mexican agricultural workers in the United States
ID38 (1968): recruitment and employment of Filipinos to work in American military bases
ID52 (1979): visas to student employees between Canada and Netherlands
ID53 (2005): working holiday program between Belgium and Canada
ID84 (2013): recruitment of Filipino workers for employment in Saskatchewan
ID93 (1974): exchange of junior technicians between Brazil and Mexico
ID139 (2008): exchange of junior technicians between Chile and Switzerland
ID177 (2003): Filipino nurses in the UK
ID342 (1970): Yugoslav seasonal workers in France
ID585 (1966): recruitment and employment of Turkish workers in Austria
ID748 (2014): recruitment of Indian domestic workers for employment in Saudi Arabia
ID774 (2008): an additional protocol to a 1997 agreement on employment of Filipinos in Qatar
ID857 (2000): an amendment to a previously signed MoU on employment of Filipino workers in Northern Mariana Islands